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(Hedon win 5-3 on penalties)
Contested at a neutral venue in Willerby, Cliffe FC faced Hedon United in the Semi-Final of the League Junior Cup. On the wet Thursday evening Cliffe FC whilst taking the lead only for Hedon to equalise and the score remaining 1-1 until full-time, Cliffe lost on penalties 5-3 and exit their second cup competition this season via the penalty shoot-out.
Malcolm Bryce writes…
Things could have been different as Cliffe started brightly and soon took the lead when Ben Rawson found the net from inside the area to put the lower division side 1-nil ahead. Cliffe should of pushed on from this but Hedon looked bright and their front-two looked dangerous every time they had the ball and given space and time. Tom Hogg had a chance for Cliffe but narrowly put the ball wide. The division two side had their equaliser from a free-kick just outside the box that was lashed past, ‘keeper, Ally Harris to put the teams level 1-1 at half-time.
At times during the second half the game looked stretched but every time either of the Hedon front-two had the ball they look like they could score. Cliffe’s threat to the Hedon defence did not die but no clear chances were created to test the Hedon ‘keeper. Andy Addison in the middle of the Cliffe midfield covered every blade of grass and Andy Kirkham also worked hard. Hedon looked and sounded as if they wanted it more and Cliffe had little answer and were very quiet vocally. Hedon had the chance to go 2-1 ahead late on when Jamie Hawksworth handled the ball in the box. Ally Harris dug out a brilliant save to his left to tip the ball onto the post and clear the ball away. Cliffe created when Tom Hogg was switched up-front and with the introduction of Luke Worrillow, he looked like he could of won it when he went on a great run to beat two men but fell at the third of many hurdles. Baz Summers had a great goal-scoring chance denied by the Hedon ‘keeper after his glanced header. With the 90 minutes up the game went straight to penalties.
Hedon scored all 5 of their penalties whilst Cliffe missed two meaning Hedon United won 5-3 on penalties and progress to the final.
With Hedon Rangers Reserves winning the other Semi-Final on the adjacent pitch it creates an all Hedon Cup Final. But, with this loss it denies Cliffe FC a day out in Bridlington missing out on penalties as they did earlier on this season losing on penalties to Hutton Cranswick.
Manager, Keith Tiplady, said “A lapse of concentration lead to their goal and let Hedon back into the game We’ve struggled to absorb our current injury list and just didn’t perform on the night.”
As this is written on Friday – Cliffe FC travel to face the other finalists, Hedon Rangers Reserves, in league competition tomorrow afternoon. Cliffe FC now will concentrate on the league and tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) fixture pits 1st vs. 2nd with Hedon a point behind Cliffe FC
Harris, Hawksworth, Simpson, Birch (C), Evans, Addison, Kirkham, Taylor (Worrillow), Hogg, Summers, Rawson (Lambert)